On Friday, the semifinals of the 'Next Big Voice' contest were under way at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
21 semifinalists have been chosen from video submissions posted on social media, and will perform live on Friday in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The top 5 finalists will be announced and asked to return for the final performance Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The top three will be awarded.
First place receives 5,000 cash, a two-song demo with a music producer with Sony music in New York City, and a meeting with the Senior Vice President of Warner Chappel Music Publishing, Jake Ottmann.
Second and third place will also receive a prize. The semifinals began at 2 p.m. Friday. WTRF is a proud sponsor.